In the blogosphere there are obviously many different styles of writing. One style that I enjoy is the first person account of an experience – particularly if it’s about visiting a restaurant or most especially about visiting some place. Travel writing has been popular in print for a long time – just think how much advertising newspapers get in their travel section – and my research suggests that it’s popular online as well, and very competitive.
What’s particularly interesting is reading the exploits of a new breed of traveler sometimes known as a digital bedouin (wanderer) or digital nomad. This types travel either for fun or work (conferences, workshops, meetings), carries around the requisite gadgets, and blogs about what’s going on pretty much every day. They either carry a laptop/ UMPC with them, or they go to local Internet cafes when available. The Internet makes this possible, and some people have embraced it.
Now text and a few pictures is great content for the average personal-travel blog post, but what would be even more interesting is audio or video content. These don’t have to be added as frequently, since uploads might be cost-prohibitive while you’re traveling.) Video and audio would heighten the experience and let readers “live vicariously” when they can’t themselves travel. (Just be sure to respect local laws about taking pictures or video. And if necessary, save audio and video for uploading later.)
I’m not saying that you should go out and start a travel blog – there are thousands already. But if you travel more than once a year and have the opportunity, try (near) live-blogging your experiences on your personal website. If you’re talking about, say, a new media expo and your site is about new media, then live-blogging, audio and video content won’t seem out of place. Even if you’re going on vacation to get away for a while, some of your regular readers might enjoy following your experiences.
So do you travel often? Do you blog about your travels on your personal/ professional blog? You don’t have to be planning traveling to 100 countries to tell us something interesting about your experiences.